10 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-2-23

  1. Since it’s the start of the New Year, what are your 3 biggest news stories of 2022?

    The FBI and Jan6 being exposed as the frauds and govt run ops that they were.

    The Covid lies that have been exposed.

    The collusion between media, Twitter, the FBI and govt. that has been exposed.

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  2. #2 is still being exposed.

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  3. Like I said, some frauds are still being exposed.

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  4. Exposed.

    As the video above shows, Kinzinger the Crier continues to lie about Jan6.

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  5. It should be no surprise that I disagree with AJ’s top three;

    The Jan 6th riots were last year. The committee’s report really wasn’t surprising. There were some interesting tidbits about the role some Republicans played but nothing big. The existence of gov’t agent provocateurs in the mob isn’t surprising. Cointelpro was an eraly confirmation. I’m a bit surprised that some “law and order” types think their presence excuses violent behaviour. You’re still responsible for your behaviour.

    The fact gov’t and media cooperate to maintain a narrative isn’t surprising. The left has been saying this since the rise of cultural marxism, and were often proven correct. Hollywood produced propaganda in WW2, the news media often participated in red baiting, etc. One of the main contentions of cultural marxism is the people will not rebel because mass media keeps them complacent and uninformed. The international response to the “Twitterfiles” is a collective meh – many would say yeah of course they did. For many government-media interaction is expected and they think Americans are naive to expect differently.

    Reminds me of my favourite Orwell quote;
    ““Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult…. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontentment led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.”

    I suppose if one repeats something enough times they believe it. The so-called Covid lies don’t actually exist. Was there misinformation given? Yes, of course, people – politicians, scientists, bureaucrats – often thought on their feet with the information they had and often gave wrong conclusions. But to say it was a lie…..

    And glancing through TexasLindsey’s Twitter feed you reposted – she needs a course in logic.

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  6. Now for my top three;

    The #1 story without a doubt anywhere in the world was the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Zelensky’s response. By refusing to flee and then compromising, he forced NATO to back him. He damaged the Putin myth. The “long” war has reverebated worldwide – grain shortage in the Middle East, rising energy costs, China looking at Taiwan if Russia succeeds or distracts, a realignment of world allies, the exodus of Russia’s best youth to Georgia and Finland, Finland and Sweden joining NATO, authoratarians making common cause (Turkey and Hungary become NATO loners), Aremnia has been left to fend for itself without Russian protection, Turkey is eyeing Syria, etc.

    #2 Inflation and the US central bank response. Inflation began as a supply crunch as Covid continues to change and challenge supply lines and logistics. It evolved and increased by rising energy costs. Standard economic theory however considers inflation generated only by excessive demand (not lack of supply) and thus the “cure” is to shrink the money supply in order lower demand (in other words lower middle class and working class incomes in order to save the value of money held by the elite). However by raising interest rates they strengthened the US dollar and, because trade and energy is calculated in dollars, they exported inflation abroad. Inflation is higher in most countries than in the US. Rising costs in areas already facing grain shortages has/will create food riots and unrest. In the West, the decade long real estate bubble might flat line or pop. And yes my mortgage payments went up….

    #3 In the US, the Supreme Court and the subsequent mid term election is the big story. Most independent Americans are socially liberal and economically conservative and they waver between the two parties. In a time of economic uncertainty they should have supported the Republicans. Instead normally apathetic young women turned out to vote and it became a red whimper not wave. A side-effect was the continued tendency for the Republicans to devour each other.

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  8. More on the thread attached to above tweet for those interested.

    Also, Keller’s new book: “Forgive: Why Should I and How Can I?”

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  9. Thread winds up with this from Keller:

    … pointing out that the first voices in the 4th, 17th, 18th, & 19th centuries who called for the abolition of slavery were all Christian. And the Christians who called for this justice believed there was a God of love who demanded that we love our neighbors–all our neighbors as ourselves.”

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  10. Let’s see, big 2022 stories, just off the top of my head in a year when I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to some of the more partisan stuff:

    1/ Ukraine

    2/ Supply chain highs and lows (probably because that’s the topic I’ve been buried in so much for work covering the ports) and the uncertain economy in general

    3/ In politics, the rather surprising and underwhelming showing in the midterms for the GOP — and the ongoing division and political uncertainty in the nation at large as the ’24 general election begins to come into view but still remains entirely unpredictable

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